Kansas Women Reclaim No. 1 Spot in Division I Rankings

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 7, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Following their first outdoor Big 12 team crown, the Kansas women have soared back into the No. 1 spot in the Division I U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Team Computer Rankings released Tuesday, while the Florida men hold steady at No. 1.

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While many other Division I teams around the country were in an off week prior to conference championships, the Jayhawks recorded 12 marks that improved upon their national event rankings from a week ago — including nine that stand in the nation’s top 15 — resulting in an enormous leap past Texas A&M back into the top spot after a two week absence.

Though both the No. 1 Florida men and No. 2 Texas A&M were both off, the gap between the two shrunk as performances from around the country displaced some of the Gators’ — and to a lesser extent, the Aggies’ — top marks.

The National Team Computer Rankings are a projection of how teams could fare at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. An explanation of the rankings system can be found here.

Kansas Women Return to Perch Atop DI Rankings

The sprints and jumps were instrumental in the Jayhawks jumping up 77.47 net points in the rankings to a team score of 351.60, flying past Texas A&M, which lost 13.5 net points to fall to 307.45. The combined efforts of sprinters Paris Daniels — the National Athlete of the Week — and Diamond Dixon drove the surge to the top. Dixon’s collegiate-leading 51.73 over 400 meters boosted her from 45th in the rankings to No.1, while Daniels’ 11.34 over 100 meters moved her from 21st to 13th. Both sprinters were members of the 4×100 relay, which moved from 22nd to No. 8.

In addition to the sprinters, USTFCCCA Indoor Field Athlete of the Year Andrea Geubelle moved up from 13th to No. 3 in the long jump (21-5¼/6.53m) to provide a points increase.

Florida stayed put at No. 3 with SEC Championships on the horizon with 255.44 team points after a net drop of 8.39 points. LSU remained No. 4 after a 6.03 net loss, leaving the Lady Tigers with a 237.41 team score. Arizona checked in at No. 5 for a second straight week, dropping 15.88 net points to 222.40.

Notre Dame was the second-biggest beneficiary of their early conference championships, moving up 18 spots to No. 18 behind a 58.26 net increase to a 101.55 team score.

Florida, Texas A&M Men Remain No. 1 & 2

The men’s top five saw little change with four of the five largely inactive in the week leading up to full conference championships.

SEC foes Florida — the defending outdoor champ — and Texas A&M stayed at No. 1 and 2, respectively, but the Gators lost some ground to the Aggies. Florida dropped 22.11 net points to 319.13, while Texas A&M dropped only 9.63 to 313.35 to set up a close duel heading into the SEC meet this weekend.

Florida State dropped 5.14 to 244.33, but held steady at No. 3. Right on the Seminoles’ trail, however, are the Oregon Ducks, up a spot to No. 4 after the combination of a 4.53 net gain and a 27.15 net loss by now No. 5 Arkansas. Oregon is about seven points behind FSU with 237.13, while Arkansas fell back to 219.81.

Texas, which had been ranked within the top five for the first three weeks of the season, is back and knocking on the door after a Big 12 Title resulted in a 43.89 net gain and a 193.61 team score.

The Longhorns weren’t the only Big 12 Championships beneficiaries, as No. 17 TCU (+18 spots), No. 21 Oklahoma (+7), No. 22 Kansas (+20) and No. 24 Baylor (+12) all jumped in the rankings from their performances in Waco.

 

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2013 Week #6 — May 7

next ranking: May 14
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Florida 319.13 SEC Mike Holloway (11th) 1
2 Texas A&M 313.35 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 2
3 Florida State 244.33 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 3
4 Oregon 237.13 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 5
5 Arkansas 219.81 SEC Chris Bucknam (5th) 4
6 Texas 193.61 Big 12 Bubba Thornton (18th) 8
7 Georgia 162.76 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 6
8 Southern California 148.30 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 7
9 Virginia Tech 139.09 ACC Dave Cianelli (12th) 9
10 Wisconsin 138.90 Big Ten Ed Nuttycombe (29th) 11
11 Penn State 133.27 Big Ten Beth Alford-Sullivan (7th) 13
12 LSU 131.39 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 12
13 Nebraska 130.48 Big Ten Gary Pepin (30th) 10
14 Texas Tech 127.83 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 18
15 UCLA 108.42 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (4th) 14
16 Mississippi 104.04 SEC Brian O’Neal (1st) 15
17 TCU 103.32 Big 12 Darryl Anderson (9th) 35
18 Iowa 98.74 Big Ten Larry Wieczorek (17th) 16
19 Cornell 93.21 Ivy Nathan Taylor (14th) 19
20 Alabama 91.68 SEC Dan Waters (2nd) 17
21 Oklahoma 87.85 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 28
22 Kansas 83.50 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 42
23 Ohio State 83.37 Big Ten Ed Beathea (2nd) 21
24 Baylor 82.70 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 36
25 Clemson 82.10 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 20
dropped out: No. 22 Illinois, No. 23 BYU, No. 24 Arizona State, No. 25 UTEP

 

Men’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1596.28 7
2 Big Ten 869.79 5
3 Pac-12 864.35 3
4 Big 12 839.72 6
5 ACC 625.38 3
6 Big East 243.61
7 Ivy 189.43 1
8 Sun Belt 121.09
9 Mountain West 117.31
10 Missouri Valley 109.92

 

USTFCCCA NCAA Division I

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Team Computer Rankings (Top 25)

2013 Week #6 — May 7

next ranking: May 14
Rank School Points Conference Head Coach (Yr) Last Week
1 Kansas 351.60 Big 12 Stanley Redwine (13th) 2
2 Texas A&M 307.45 SEC Pat Henry (9th) 1
3 Florida 255.44 SEC Mike Holloway (6th) 3
4 LSU 237.41 SEC Dennis Shaver (9th) 4
5 Arizona 222.40 Pac-12 Fred Harvey (11th) 5
6 Arkansas 217.67 SEC Lance Harter (23rd) 6
7 Oregon 207.62 Pac-12 Robert Johnson (1st) 7
8 Texas 195.14 Big 12 Rose Brimmer (1st) 10
9 Arizona State 193.03 Pac-12 Greg Kraft (17th) 9
10 Georgia 188.57 SEC Wayne Norton (14th) 8
11 Clemson 165.77 ACC Shawn Cobey (1st) 11
12 UCF 153.20 Conference USA Caryl Smith Gilbert (6th) 13
13 UCLA 149.35 Pac-12 Mike Maynard (1st) 12
14 Stanford 137.36 Pac-12 Chris Miltenberg (1st) 14
15 Iowa State 119.36 Big 12 Corey Ihmels (6th) 16
16 Florida State 117.82 ACC Bob Braman (10th) 15
17 Texas Tech 108.82 Big 12 Wes Kittley (14th) 17
18 Notre Dame 101.55 Big East Joe Piane (38th) 36
19 Baylor 97.39 Big 12 Todd Harbour (8th) 21
20 Illinois 93.12 Big Ten Tonja Buford-Bailey (5th) 18
21 Southern California 90.25 Pac-12 Ron Allice (19th) 19
22 San Diego State 89.13 Mountain West Shelia Burrell (4th) 20
23 Oklahoma 83.74 Big 12 Martin Smith (8th) 23
24 Washington 81.28 Pac-12 Greg Metcalf (11th) 22
25 Wichita State 79.29 Missouri Valley Steve Rainbolt (13th) 24
dropped out: No. 25 South Carolina

 

Women’s Conference Index Top 10
Rank Conference Points Top 25 Teams
1 SEC 1561.01 5
2 Pac-12 1195.69 7
3 Big 12 1043.13 6
4 ACC 484.93 2
5 Big Ten 437.47 1
6 Big East 327.84 1
7 Conference USA 261.45 1
8 Missouri Valley 190.96 1
9 Ivy 149.37
10 Mountain West 146.07 1